Ten million have fled their homes in Ukraine - UN

Ten million have fled their homes in Ukraine - UN

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said on Twitter that 10 million people have now fled their homes in Ukraine as a result of Russia's invasion - more than a quarter of its population.

Russia's war in Ukraine started on 24 February and since then millions of people have fled to neighbouring countries.

Poland has welcomed more than two million refugees and more than half a million Ukrainians have fled to Romania

On Sunday, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 3,389,044 Ukrainians had left the country since the Russian invasion began. Nine out of 10 of those who have fled are women and children.

Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 are eligible for military call-up and cannot leave.

Unicef, the UN children's agency, said more than 1.5 million children are among those who have fled abroad and warned that they face an increased risk of human trafficking and exploitation.

According to the UN, 6.48 million people are estimated to be internally displaced within Ukraine.

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